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Jonesboro upgrading city’s website
Residents will soon see an upgraded city website. City Clerk Ricky Clark said he’s working on the new site to help bring Jonesboro into the 21st century. It’s set to go live Nov. 21.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Union City to host festival, 5K Saturday
Mayor Vince Williams said the events are “great” for the city and the area. “The arts and culture sector is an integral part of improving the quality of life for our residents and provide undeniable opportunities for self-expression and collaboration,” he said.
Source: Neighbor News

Bridge will help walkers, bikers cross I-20, but added costs necessary
Brittany Westbrook sometimes walks over the Emory Street overpass to cross Interstate 20 and visit her boyfriend in Oxford. The Covington resident says he also crosses the bridge on foot to visit her home.
Source: Newton Citizen

I-20 pedestrian bridge project under budget
The Covington City Council learned it would be saving money on the pedestrian bridge over I-20 on SR 81 during Monday’s council meeting.
Source: Covington News

Nelson City Council candidates share stances
Three candidates, two former mayors, are competing for two vacant seats on the Nelson City Council, which is making strides to overcome its dramatic past.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Biscuits and Business to address local issues
Local and state business seekers will get a chance to tell out-of-town investors why they should seriously consider Brunswick and the Golden Isles when looking for a place to build or expand during a morning meeting today at the college.
Source: Brunswick News

Woodstock hears Highway 92 corridor project update
Members of the Woodstock City Council met Monday for a work session to discuss ongoing projects in the city, including the Highway 92 corridor Livable Centers Initiative.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Arts Center renovation will bring more opportunity to theatre
There is no doubt the renovation of the Historic Elbert Theatre is one of the city’s major accomplishments over the past 20 years or so.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

Mayoral candidates talk issues
With the Jesup city election less than two weeks away, The Press-Sentinel issued a questionnaire to both candidates for the office of mayor.
Source: Jesup Press-Sentinel

Folkston hopes to begin vets’ park construction by end of the year
At a special, called meeting last week, the Folkston city council unanimously accepted the low bid of $239,000 for the construction of the park to be located on the old Renfroe Mills school, in front of the courthouse annex on Third Street.
Source: Charlton County Herald

History made in Homeland
Less than a month after the passing of longtime mayor, Austin Hickox, the Homeland city council took action last week to fill his job as mayor — with a woman.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Talking Rock adds train to city logo
The Talking Rock City Council held their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 2. The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Source: Pickens County Progress

Twin City City Council holds regular meeting
The Twin City City Council held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. After the approval of the minutes, the council discussed the reworking of the water department fees, which will be on next month's agenda, and the county-wide training for the fire department that was held in Twin City.
Source: Swainsboro Forest-Blade

Talk begins on a revitalized Cleveland
A group of about 20 business owners and others interested in the future of downtown Cleveland met at the historic courthouse Monday night, Oct. 20.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Clayton bought out of North Loop lease
In a rare show of cooperation between Clayton and Rabun County, Clayton City Council voted to accept an offer to be bought out of its lease on the North Loop water line for $500,000, plus an additional $100,000 to pay off its debts relating to the Dillard water tank.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Nichols historic status denied
The Nichols House has been denied historical protection. In a 6-1 vote, with council member Robert Yost voting in favor of the historical status, the Valdosta City Council ruled the house that has been a the center of a zoning controversy was not worthy of historical designation.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Statham hires new city clerk, schedules dedication of park
Just three months after creating and filling a city administrator position, the City of Statham now has a new city clerk as well.
Source: Barrow County News

Search for Invest Atlanta chief down to three
Invest Atlanta has narrowed its choices for president and CEO to an executive already with the agency and two outsiders.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens recognized for water, beer and planning
For the people who live in Athens-Clarke County, or who are spending their college years here, it’s no secret that the community and its people are something special.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Powder Spring park opens Saturday
The Silver Comet Trail Linear Park in Powder Springs will open at 11 a.m. Saturday on Richard D. Sailors Parkway across from United Community Bank with a dedication, ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches ATL311, one-stop city service hotline
Atlantans: Program this number into your phones: “311.” That’s the city’s new non-emergency customer service hotline, officially dubbed ATL311 and unveiled this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dalton currently taking inventory of its historic districts
In the 30 years or so since Dalton last inventoried its historical districts, much has changed.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton, Whitfield seeking SPLOST agreement
Officials in Whitfield County may be scaling back some of their plans for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Statesboro City Council pauses annexation for drainage, density concerns
Asked by developers to annex 14 more acres along S&S Railroad Bed Road near Cawana Road and the S&S Greenway trail, Statesboro City Council hit the pause button with questions about housing density and drainage.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Lyerly Officials Ask For Money
Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to apply for a $25,000 Tillotson Menlo Charitable Foundation Grant to help pay for renovations to the building recently donated to the town.
Source: Summerville News

City accepts grant to fund 3 SROs in elementary schools
The Douglasville City Council has accepted a grant that will help fund school resource officers (SROs) in the three remaining schools in the city limits.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Villa Rica library construction expected to begin in spring
Breaking ground for Villa Rica’s new library is expected in March 2015, with construction beginning in April, according to Clint Chance, chairman of the library’s expansion committee
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Council sets tax rate approves mutual aid agreement
Gray City councilmen appointed a new city attorney and adopted a mutual aid agreement with Jones County last week.
Source: Jones County News

Covington City Council hears update on Pace Street improvements
The company designing improvements to make Pace Street an attractive gateway into downtown Covington reported to City Council Monday that the project is going according to schedule.
Source: Newton Citizen

City approves contract for East Jackson fire station
The East Jackson Fire District will soon have its own fire station — which will presumably reduce the cost of fire insurance for residents of the district.
Source: Commerce News

Hill calls for audit of city tax digest
The Jackson County government continues to get pushback against both its tax assessments and its plan to increase property taxes by 11 percent.
Source: Commerce News

Mural project just keeps getting better
“Nothing lasts forever” as some people say. That is true about most things of this world. It is also true of the beautiful and unique murals of our town, Georgia’s Mural City.
Source: Miller County Liberal

Smyrna to vote on health benefits for spouses of gay employees
Smyrna City Councilman Wade Lnenicka is urging the council to decide Nov. 3 whether to extend health benefits to spouses of gay city employees who are legally married.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City ethics code amendment ready for a vote
Milledgeville City Council Tuesday night completed the first read for an ordinance amendment to its “Code of Ethics.”
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Baxley City Council holds regular meeting
On Tuesday, Oct. 14, the Baxley City Council held a regular monthly meeting. During the meeting council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to re-zone property owned by Latrelle D. Yawn, located at 806 Tippins Street, from the current Residential (RM-10) zone to a Business (B-2) zone.
Source: Baxley News Banner

City seeking alternate designs for former MLK pharmacy site
After tearing down a historic building deemed structurally unsound, city officials are trying to figure out what to build in its place.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Centerville sets new rules for comments at council meetings
The City Council approved this week a policy governing public and council comments during their official meetings.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry candidates hope to help city prosper
The candidates for the Perry City Council’s District 2, Post 1 seat are closer than many political rivals: They’re next-door neighbors.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Toccoa police 'fixture' to be remembered
A career Toccoa police officer, who served as interim police chief numerous times over the years, will be remembered in funeral services Thursday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Oakhurst streetscapes project set to commence
Decatur’s commission established a project budget of $2,050,000 for streetscapes improvements to the Oakhurst business district, initially planned back in 2007.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur Terrace petitions city for annexation
The Decatur Terrace neighborhood delivered a petition to Decatur commissioners Monday asking for inclusion onto the city’s annexation map, while also filing a petition with Avondale Estates asking for removal from its map.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale board officially accepts mayor’s resignation
Avondale Estates’ Board of Mayor and Commissioners unanimously approved Mayor Ed Rieker’s resignation Monday night with a 4-0 vote.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Point starts curbside recycling
The city of West Point is beginning its start-up process of its newly implemented curbside recycling program under a private solid waste contractor.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Demorest holds the line on millage
The Demorest City Council will not raise taxes in the coming year.
Source: Access North Georgia

Twist in annexation issue
With the continued cycle of requests to annex property into Dawsonville and Dawson County's objections to such moves, one city council member's seat may hinge on the issue.
Source: Dawson Community News

Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery
Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.
Source: Gainesville Times

Ga. cities group honors late Funston mayor
Former Funston Mayor E.S. “Dick” Chambers received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in recognition of his nearly 50 years of service to the city.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Mayor proclaims Bainbridge a Purple Heart City
City of Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds proclaimed the city a “Purple Heart City” and presented local Purple Hearts recipients, living and deceased, with keys to the city Tuesday evening at the City Council meeting.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Council votes to limit public speech
The City of Americus passes a motion to limit public speech at city meetings to agenda items by a 3-2 vote
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Riverdale councilman encourages community to donate to local after-school program
A city council member challenged the community Monday to donate money to Church Street Elementary School’s after-school program.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Ringgold plans repairs to water plant, exploring chemical changes
The city of Ringgold plans to make major improvements to its water treatment plant by repairing its old clear well tank, while also looking into making a switch to liquid chemicals in lieu of the powder ones it has used for years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Trail plan would link Rome's four colleges
Connectivity to all four local colleges is a highlight of an updated bike and pedestrian transportation plan presented to Rome and Floyd County residents Tuesday night.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Water, sewer could get more costly in Richmond Hill
More than 4,800 water and sewer customers in Richmond Hill will see their bills go up again in January if the city follows through on measures aimed at helping pay for a new $24 million wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Bryan County News

Mayor vetoes hiring of consultant
Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins has used his veto power to overturn, at least for the moment, the City Council’s unanimous decision to rehire the city’s former parks and recreation director as a consultant for ongoing projects.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Construction on Highway 92 project begins
Construction on the Highway 92 relocation project in Douglasville that is expected to last four years is finally underway.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Uptown renewal obviously has not gone unnoticed
Remember how excitingly vibrant and alive downtown Columbus was 15 or 20 years ago? Oh, wait … that's right. It wasn't.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lovejoy moves forward with comprehensive plans, updates
Council voted unanimously Monday to extend Lovejoy’s Service Delivery Strategy contract with Clayton County.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City Council purchases a 60-acre tract for $3.5 M
Residents can expect a new recreational park in the city of Holly Springs’ future.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Tech students to survey Kingston's historic buildings
A group of Georgia Institute of Technology students will gather in Kingston Saturday morning to walk though the town, examine its historic structures and talk to residents about the town’s history.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee mayor, council 'confused' over Cowan Park progress
Euharlee’s City Council met in work session Tuesday night to be briefed on the work on the baseball fields at Joe Cowan Park.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington Place goes 1 way on Oct. 31
Covington Place will be one way only for automotive traffic on Halloween night, thanks to a compromise between the neighborhood and Covington public safety officials.
Source: Covington News

McDonough approves its SPLOST IV bonded list
The McDonough City Council approved its final SPLOST IV bonded project list Monday night, which includes approximately 40 percent of the total project list.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Tybee to consider ban on plastic bags
Ashley Workman is not a fan of the plastic bag, those flimsy staples of the modern checkout counter. That’s because the Tybee resident, whose passion is surfing, often sees bags where they don’t belong.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Waleska City Council discusses water backflow prevention
At Monday’s City Council meeting, city officials discussed implications of water backflow and strategies for prevention in the Waleska system, a project that could prove costly for the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Questionnaire gives insight on new Savannah-Chatham chief's plans
Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. provided some insight into his plans for when he takes over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham police department next month in a questionnaire the retiring Athens-Clarke County police chief had to fill out as an applicant for the position.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee beach renourishment kicks off
With a backdrop of dredging equipment, officials including Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman, Corps Savannah District Commander Col. Thomas Tickner, state Sen. Buddy Carter, State Rep. Ben Watson and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston kicked off Tybee’s latest beach renourishment project on Tuesday with a “sand throwing ceremony” near 4th Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

McDonough moves forward with costly study
McDonough council members unanimously agreed to fund a study that could cost up to $8,000 per year for a post-employee benefit no one uses.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City commission approves change to 911 center agreement
The Cedartown City Commission is moving forward with Polk County to put the new 911 center into Polk Medical Center once the hospital moves.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

‘Walking Dead’ fence has to come down
The chain-link fence that has provided secure parking and storage for equipment used in the filming of “The Walking Dead” in downtown Senoia will have to come down.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Downtown Macon business owners, residents discuss community watch program
Residents and business owners met Tuesday at the NewTown Macon office with the idea of establishing a community watch program for downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners send pension, insurance changes back to committee
Facing a chamber full of glowering employees and retirees, Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to send proposed changes to retiree health insurance back to committee for more debate.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Watkins wants $10 million bond to fight blight
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins wants to put millions in public dollars toward tearing down abandoned houses over the next two years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tunnel Hill, Whitfield voters asked to approve expanded alcohol sales
Andy Patel has seen the customers come in and leave empty-handed. They walk in on Sunday to Andy’s Corner, his convenience store in Tunnel Hill, planning to buy beer or wine. But when Patel tells them he can’t sell them alcohol on Sunday they walk out.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Commission delays decision on animal ordinance package
Competitive-dog owners on Tuesday persuaded the Augusta Commission to postpone passing a sweeping ordinance package that includes a spay-and-neuter law, fearing it would be too restrictive on performance and breeding animals.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Draft budget includes stormwater, franchise fee revenue
Some outside agencies were denied new funds, while most city departments are required to maintain 2014 budget levels in the draft 2015 budget prepared by interim Augusta Administrator Tameka Allen.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission to consider parking permit program near UGA medical campus, elsewhere in county
All or part of three streets in the vicinity of the University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus at Prince and Oglethorpe avenues could be added to the list of Athens neighborhood streets where parking is restricted to residents and their guests between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville clears way for brewery in 4 to 2 vote
Gainesville City Council has given final approval for the city's first craft brewery.
Source: Access North Georgia

Volunteers target litter in Jackson
More than two dozen volunteers worked Saturday morning to pick up trash along 15 City of Jackson streets.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Atlanta goes 1 for 2 in tax settlements
Atlanta won one and lost one this week when it comes to tax cases against neighboring municipalities.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Sandy Springs fire chief to take office today with formal ceremony
Bagpipers and fire department brass will gather at Sandy Springs City Hall today, Oct. 21, for the official changing of fire chiefs.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Dunwoody debates matching funds, adopts care homes definition
City officials are debating whether to spend $10,000 to match funds from the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce to connect the businesses interested in helping the city.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Ringgold awards bid for Nashville Street sidewalk project, discusses Boynton Drive
The city of Ringgold awarded the bid for one of its downtown enhancement projects during its regular city council meeting Monday night, Oct. 13, which means that a new sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street downtown is now imminent.
Source: Catoosa County News

Meet Derek Roger, candidate for Fort Oglethorpe city council, Ward 4
The city of Fort Oglethorpe will hold an election for the Ward 4 seat on the city council.
Source: Catoosa County News

Dixville residents discuss ideas for improvement
If Brunswick’s Dixville community wants to see improvements now or in the future, it will have to come together, a veteran of the city police department told a roomful of residents Monday.
Source: Brunswick News

Grayson creates community development director position
Grayson approved the creation of a community development director position Monday night as an “outreach” person to work with the media and take over the management of a number of activities in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to review Nichols status
The Valdosta City Council will determine the historic status of the Nichols House Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Norman Park police get $10,000 grant
Norman Park Police Department announced Monday that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
Source: Moultrie Observer

Albany Police Department plans to increase foot patrols downtown
Albany Assistant Police Chief Mark Scott said Monday the department intends to increase its visibility and presence downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany utilities officials ready to move on rural technology plan
Interim City Manager Tom Berry gave the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission board an overview of a proposed agreement through which the Albany utility authority would take on operation and management of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in rural Baker, Calhoun, Early, Miller and Mitchell counties.
Source: Albany Herald

Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike
Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city’s property tax rate by about 50 percent.
Source: Gainesville Times

Cowan named next Dalton city judge
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 Monday to name Dalton attorney Robert Cowan the next Municipal Court judge.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton Utilities eyes first rate increases in several years
Some Dalton Utilities customers could see their rates climb under a proposed 2015 budget that was presented to the utility’s board Monday.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Macon economic development group wins international award
The Macon Economic Development Commission was recognized Monday with a gold award in the “new media” category during the 2014 International Economic Development Council annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Springfield will pay $17,000 to tear down house
Springfield’s City Council members have agreed to pay $17,400 to tear down a burned house they purchased at 505 N. Oak Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bibb officials plan for Ebola, just in case
If a case of Ebola is diagnosed in Bibb County, local officials say they’re ready.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mayor: Warner Robins government is divided on Russell Parkway restrictions
Development restrictions along Russell Parkway will be on hold for at least two weeks, until a divided City Council can discuss the proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange PD unveils partnership with website
LaGrange Police announced last week a partnership with the website, the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Augusta Commission to review deal with Sentinel probation company
The Augusta Commission is to vote Tuesday on extending a contract with the private probation company that is ground zero for a legal battle over private, for-profit probation companies.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Interim administrator to present balanced budget proposal
A big test of interim City Administrator Tameka Allen’s tenure culminates Tuesday in her presentation of a 2015 city budget proposal.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta City Council seeking advice on Bellwood Quarry
The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously Monday to create a 16-member advisory committee to make recommendations on the redevelopment of Bellwood Quarry, a 45-acre site in northwest Atlanta bought by the city in 2006.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hinesville mayor speaks at RH Rotary
In an effort to drum up support for Fort Stewart, which is facing threats in the form of sequestration and BRAC, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas spoke to the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Thursday at the City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Madison City Council approves North Main Car Lot Appeal
The Madison City Council approved a zoning text amendment to allow a used car lot within city limits, two zoning applications for two new duplex units, and reversed a dangerous dog designation at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 13.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Building owner fights for business sign
The large sign hung on the back of Doughboy Pizza at the 128 N. Wayne St. building can't stay.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Canton Police Chief Merchant resigns, hopes to retire in Jan.
After two and half years heading up the Canton Police Department, Chief Robert Merchant has resigned. His plan is to retire in January after about 40 years in the law enforcement field.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Conyers City Council approves contract for ice skating rink to return to Olde Town Pavilion
A popular annual holiday tradition will resurface in November when the ice skating rink returns to the Conyers Olde Town Pavilion
Source: Newton Citizen

Smyrna City Council set to vote on new vehicles
The City Council is set to vote next week to purchase four new cars for its police department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold mayor fights to keep ginkgo trees in new streetscape plan
Ringgold’s mayor and city council will try to determine the fate of two ginkgo trees that were accidentally scheduled for demolition as part of the city’s downtown streetscaping plan, which is currently underway.
Source: Catoosa County News

Waleska residents to vote on Sunday alcohol sales
Residents in the county’s smallest city have the opportunity to vote Nov. 4, to decide whether Waleska will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays for the first time in the city’s history.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Peachtree Corners town hall meeting focused on community improvements
More than 100 Peachtree Corners residents were in attendance for an Oct. 7 town hall event to discuss improvements for the Winter Chapel Road area, plans for the Holcomb Bridge Corridor and other city news.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton Councilman Rust requests delaying enforcement of political sign rule
Candidates who may have campaign signs in violation of the city’s sign ordinance will not be reprimanded during this election cycle.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials looking for ways to diversify local law enforcement
Columbus is now a majority minority city, with non-white residents accounting for more than 50 percent of the population. But the city's two largest law enforcement agencies remain predominantly white.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Canton City Council Ward 3 hopefuls voice stances
Two candidates are vying for the seat left open on the Canton City Council when Ward 3 representative Glen Cummins resigned to become city manager in July.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Statham to switch phone providers to improve their call-in system
Getting in touch with the City of Statham will soon be a lot easier.
Source: Barrow County News

With grant funds denied, St. Marys and developer may fund plans for Gilman boathouse property
After failing to win a state tourism grant, city officials hope they have pieced together a plan to pay for concept renderings for a hotel they would like to see built on the downtown waterfront.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites
The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.
Source: Gainesville Times

Brookhaven Having Trouble Getting Respect from USPS
Brookhaven has been a city for almost two years now, but the U.S. Postal Service has been a little slow to catch on.
Source: WABE

Annexation is now official
The Chattahoochee Hills City Council on Oct. 7 agreed with the Coweta County Commission to have 179 acres off Shell Road annexed into the city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City moves forward on stormwater plan
The city of Senoia, under federal requirement, will continue to implement a management plan dedicated to controlling storm water.
Source: Fayette Citizen

McCollom is now officially top cop
Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council announced that interim Police Chief Will McCollom has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tybee Island gets 'back to normal' with Community Day
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at Memorial Park on Tybee Island for the third annual Tybee Community Day.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA to promote Savannah to film industry
With consistent efforts to address infrastructure and labor issues, the film, television and commercial production industry represents one of Savannah’s greatest opportunities to further diversify and expand its economy, according to a study conducted three years ago for the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief
Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9. What does that jurisdiction look like? There’s obviously the Historic District, often teeming with tourists and routinely home to special events.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins reconsiders Russell Parkway restrictions
A couple years after Warner Robins rolled back restrictions it said were stifling growth on a stretch of Russell Parkway, nearly similar restrictions are again being brought back to the table.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DASH project breaks ground in West Point
DASH for LaGrange’s expansion into West Point will provide the city with much needed affordable housing, upon the completion of its Forest Mill Apartments project next year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Dalton needs a vision
Miller Jones and Dennis Mock have squared off in three different forums so far in their quest to be Dalton’s next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah's crime battle comes with costs
As a culture of violence and distrust of law enforcement spurs more shootings and other crimes, the city of Savannah is betting on new crime-fighting tools and added manpower to address the trend.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grants provide bullet-proof vests, cameras for Danielsville Police
The Georgia Municipal Association has awarded the city of Danielsville a Safety Grant check for $1,399 for the purchase of bulletproof vests and a Liability Reduction Grant check in the amount of $4,253 for the purchase of an in-car video camera and portable radios.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Thomaston accepts Hugo Starling Drive into city
The City of Thomaston has a new piece of property. The Thomaston City Council approved accepting Hugo Starling Drive into the city at their council meeting on Oct. 7.
Source: Thomaston Times

Flowery Branch City Council approves annexation/rezoning requests
The Flowery Branch City Council approved the annexing and rezoning of 142 acres of land to build office parks.
Source: Access North Georgia

Milton: Relatively new city has centuries of history
In an area known for a high population of newcomers, Travis Allen stands out. He’s not only a native of Milton; he’s lived most of his life in the vicinity of the North Fulton town. As such, he’s seen the area transform from a rural village to the suburb of a major metropolis, and as it’s grown, he’s kept an eye on its history.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution